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Nagaland- Assam border people meet held at Assiring village

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Kohima: In search of an honourable understanding between the people of Naganijan Tea Estate in Assam and Nokpu-Saring village in Mokokchung district, the Border Peace Coordination Committee (Assam-Nagaland) members paid a goodwill visit to Assiring village (Saring village) on Monday.

According to sources on Tuesday due to some misunderstanding between these two communities two persons from Naganijan tea Estate namely Atul Kurmi (47) and Ranjit Nayak (30) were allegedly taken into custody by the Saring village Council near Saringyim village under Longchem Police Station in Mokokchung district on May 23 last.

Later, the village council forwarded them to the Nagaland police and subsequently handed them over to the Assam authority the very night.

This incident brewed misunderstanding and mistrust amongst the Naganijan and its neighbouring community, which sparked the May 24 Mariani incident where innocent travelers from Nagaland side were brutally attacked at Mariani.

The fall out of such situation further got aggravated on June 3 this year when unknown miscreants allegedly from across the border reported gunned down one Sanjay Bhumij (35) of Naganijan Tea Estate near Nagaland-Assam border.

These incidents on the border areas breaching peace and tranquility have shocked the BPCC (A-N) following which agitations like road blockade and counter-blockade started taking place.

The apex bodies like Ao Senden (Ao Hoho) too was compelled for the first time to impose ban on inter-state connectivity till such time that people of both sides realize the need of Peace and coordinated living along with some other demands raised to draw the attention of the Governments.

Later on, even though normalcy returned and road blockade withdrawn from Nagaland side from June 28 this year, the blockade continued till Tuesday from the Naganijan side.

The BPCC(A-N) had already met and discussed thorough bare with the Naganijan community on November 8 last for establishment of normalcy with its neighbour and with the aspirations of the meeting outcome.

The meeting resolved to hold a Joint Peace Coordination Meeting involving Naganijan and Nokpu-Saring public at a neutral location at Tsuremmen village November 29.

Sources said that the meeting was jointly chaired by BPCC (A-N) President BP Bora and Saring Village Council Chairman Imti Longkumer and attended by BPCC(A-N) executive members from either sides. (UNI)

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